Note: In an earlier version of this story, we incorrectly stated this was Rock Hill's first soccer win over the Trojans in 30 years. It's the first win in 30 matches.
ROCK HILL — Rock Hill's celebration lasted only several minutes after a 4-1 victory over crosstown rival Northwestern in Region 3-AAAA soccer on Wednesday.
But the celebration was years in the making as the Bearcats ended a 30-match drought against the Trojans, the two-time defending Class AAAA state champions, at the Northwestern soccer facility.
"We worked hard several years to get to this point," Rock Hill coach Wayne Clark said.
"This is my third year with this program, and they have really been working hard."
Fernando Gonzales scored two goals as the Bearcats (6-2-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 3-AAAA) controlled the tempo with aggressive offensive play.
Pablo Arzalez got a rebound in the Trojans' box and got the kick past goalkeeper Sam Faris for a 1-0 lead with 26 minutes left in the first half. Less than three minutes later, the Bearcats' game plan was carried out to perfection when Gonzales found the net again.
"The first goal was important," Gonzales said. "But we wanted to come back and score quickly because the second goal really put pressure on them, especially at their home field."
Clark agreed: "We always work toward that. When we score one goal, we want to move quick to score the second so that we are able to put pressure on the opponent."
Northwestern (4-2 overall, 2-1 in Region 3-AAAA) got on the board when Kevin Ray maneuvered around two Bearcat defenders and got a shot past Bearcat goalkeeper J.D. Raad with 19 minutes left in the first half.
Two minutes before the intermission, Rock Hill's John Hicklin took a corner pass and booted the ball inside the left corner of the net for a 3-1 Bearcat lead.
Gonzales's second goal put the match out of reach with 38:28 left.
"They really took it to us tonight," Northwestern coach Dominic Wren said. "We just got beat tonight by a better team who wanted it a lot more than we did. They outplayed us from minute one to minute 80.
"We were dominated and did not show up, and that was very disappointing."
Rock Hill displayed aggressiveness offensively by outshooting Northwestern, 9-4, with shots on target.
Gonzales said that his team came in hungry after so many years of disappointments against the Trojans.
"Every year that we play them, we ended up being not as sharp," Gonzales said. "But today, we showed up. We have been pushing the whole season and to finally beat them feels great."
ROCK HILL 4, NORTHWESTERN 1
RH - Pablo Arzalez goal (26:00)
RH -Fernando Gonzales goal (23.55)
N - Kevin Ray goal (19:00)
RH -John Hickln goal (2:00)
RH -Gonzalez goal (38.28).
Goalkeepers: J.D. Raad (RH), Sam Faris (NW) Shots on target: Rock Hill 9, Northwestern 4; Shots off target Rock Hill 9, Northwestern 5; Saves-Rock Hill 3, Northwestern 6; Corner kicks-Rock Hill 3, Northwestern 2; Free kicks-Northwestern 9, Northwestern 9.
Records: Rock Hill 6-2-1, 2-0 in Region 3-AAAA; Northwestern 4-2, 2-1.